the hyphens that define my life

T-28 Circus Act May 23, 2013

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I only got 24 hours to live, and I ain’t going to waste it here.  – Fly, Bug’s Life

I love this line from Bug’s Life.  In case you missed out on watching this Disney/Pixar creation at least 100 times in recent years as the result of having children, this line is delivered in response to the sorry state of P.T. Flea’s circus act.  The flies leave in the middle of the show. Exit, stage right.

I like this quote because it challenges you to ask yourself, in general terms, are you living the life you want to live?  More specifically, if you only had 24 hours to live, would you be doing what you are doing right now in this moment?  I think most of us would say no.  You don’t have to be dying to start living.

Based on everything I know (which could very well be not much), my life expectancy is greater than 24 hours.  Pressure off. If I were on my deathbed, reflecting back on the life I’ve lived, would I be happy with the choices I’ve made thus far? In making future decisions, I question whether the decision going to be something I’ll be happy with in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?

The wise fly also reminds us that nothing lasts forever and to seize the moments that we have.  Are we going to sit around and wait for this circus act to end or are you going to pack up and move out and see where the road takes you? Or move on to the next gig in town? Or just try something new and different from your current habits.

We’re sad to leave our family, friends, favorite places, schools, neighbors, teammates and life as we know it. Our time here has not been a waste or in vain.  Though it has often times resembled a three ring circus and we each have played our share of roles – the ring leader, the lion tamer, the dog jumping through the hoops and the clown (note:  I didn’t say fool).

We are ready to pack up and move, seeking out a new path and a new adventure in Spokane.  Is it the right decision? We don’t know.  It’s right for right now.  The beauty of decision making is that you can always course correct, make a new decision and try something new.


T-30 Countdown to Spokane May 21, 2013

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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiousity keeps leading us down new paths”.  ~ Walt Disney

We are moving.

We decided to move our family from Southern California to Spokane Washington. We’re writing a new chapter to improve our quality of life with lower cost of living, no state income tax, better schools with smaller class sizes, easier access to outdoor activities we enjoy – skiing, boating, waterskiing, fishing, camping, and hunting.

My husband and I are a curious pair.  In many ways, all puns intended. Disney’s quote is true to our lives, our “…curiousity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Why are we moving to Spokane?  Why not? We’ve never lived there before, the pluses out number the minuses, it is an adventure and we’re tired of being SoCal house and life poor though we work hard and make good money. Many people make Southern California living work, it is just not the lifestyle for us.

We look forward to our the journey on our new path.

T-30.  The countdown begins.